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Eclipses!

Monday, January 28th, 2008

First of all, there’s a total eclipse of the moon coming up Feb 20. For those of us in the US, it happens at a fairly convenient time — 9:01 to 9:51 PM CST, but if you want to stay up till 3AM on the 21st, you can see it in Britain too.

The real excitement, though, comes in a mere 9 years — there will be a total eclipse of the sun visible from my own home on August 21, 2017. I’ve never seen one before. But wait! That’s not all! Only 7 years later, on April 8, 2024, there will be another total eclipse of the sun, also visible from my own home. Check it out:

This map shows all the total solar eclipses that will be visible from North America from 2000-2050. The paths of totality for the 2017 and 2024 eclipses cross right over SE Missouri and Southern Illinois. I downloaded google earth maps of these, and highlighted the intersection:

eclipses

It’s actually not that common for the same place to get two total eclipses within 10 years of each other.   At least, not a place where people live; it’s a bit more likely up in northern Canada, for instance.   Now I’m just hoping for clear skies.